December 22, 2014 |
Last weekend, the Springfield Township library in Delaware County hosted a screening of the sing-along edition of Frozen , the Disney film in which an ice queen, Elsa, dooms her subjects to eternal frostbite until her younger sister, Anna, steps in to save the day. The children in attendance (including 12 Elsas, two Annas, and a Superman) were spellbound. Amanda Winnett, however, was less than rapt. It was, she said, about the 200th time she had watched the film with her daughter Catherine, a 4-year-old wearing filmy Frozen pajamas and clutching a magic wand that looked deceivingly like a craft-foam snowflake stapled to a Popsicle stick.
October 7, 2014 |
From the sound of things, Greg Dulli still hasn't given himself a break. Since the '90s, with such psyche-stirring albums as Gentlemen , the Afghan Whigs allowed Dulli to reach into the darkest recesses of the male anima. He twisted literate lyrics of overwrought emotionalism, vengeful disgust (usually involving busted romances) and seedy self-loathing into a soulful, post-punk opera of his unmerry devising. That he shut down the Whigs only to reunite (some of) them for their first album in 16 years (2014's Do to the Beast )
September 30, 2014 |
It's no secret the Disco Biscuits love to play. Formed at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, named for the '70s feel-good drug Quaalude, the Biscuits merged the jam-band form familiar from the Grateful Dead and the all-day-all-night sensibilities of a techno-tronic rave with electronic beats and boings to match. Along with launching Camp Bisco's music festival for improvisational bands and DJs in Upstate New York, the Biscuits play mini-fests, called City Bisco, where they take over your town and several venues for a stretch.
April 1, 2014 |
Despite Donald Glover's pedigree as a writer for 30 Rock and his starring role on Community , there's nothing funny about his rap alter ego, Childish Gambino, and albums like Camp . Caustically witty and weirdly metaphorical with an oddly jagged sound track, yes, but hardly the stuff of stand-up or sketch comedy. Then again, during Gambino's Electric Factory show Friday, you couldn't help sensing this was performance art, with its drawing-room set and e-speak projections in accordance with the backstory of his album Because the Internet of a tweet-happy socialite bugging out in his mansion.
January 15, 2014 |
If you ignore the blasting sound track, studded with a really odd mix of music, BBC Earth's 3-D spectacular Walking With Dinosaurs , the film version of the 1999 BBC TV show, is a pleasing, sometimes awe-inspiring rendition of life among some of the less-celebrated dinosaurs of northwestern North America. The music's not great, the jokes are corny, and sometimes the voice-overs aren't much better, especially the unaccountable Hispanic accent John Leguizamo gives to the dino-age bird Alexornis.
January 4, 2013 |
There's a moment in the musical Les Misérables when Jean Valjean, who had spent the last 19 years imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, narrowly escapes being sent back after snatching silver from a kindly bishop. It's a turning point for the protagonist, who uses the reprieve to launch into a song - "What Have I Done?" - and a new way of life. It's kind of like what happened to Trinity Wheeler a few years back. The production manager for the touring company of Les Misérables (currently at Philadelphia's Academy of Music)
August 18, 2011 |
"GLEE" ACTOR Jonathan Groff , who plays Jesse St. James on the Fox hit, will sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" at 1:30 Sunday afternoon before a day of harness racing at Harrah's Chester. The Lancaster-raised actor's dad, Jim Groff , is a veteran harness driver and trainer. His son was nominated for a Tony award for his performance in Broadway's "Spring Awakening. " Gay journos Curry favor "Today Show" co-host Ann Curry and CNN's Don Lemon , formerly of NBC10, will be keynote speakers at the 21st annual National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association convention next weekend at the Loews Hotel.
July 23, 2010 |
To watch the movie producer Gregoire Canvel (played by Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) walking through the streets of Paris in the heartbreaking Father of My Children is to witness a man with the weight of the world pressing down on him. In the early sequences of Mia Hansen-Love's beautifully observed family portrait, Canvel, wielding a mobile phone (or two), smoking cigarettes, fielding panicky missives from a Swedish film set, is all resilient charm. Sure, he owes millions to labs, to studios, to the banks.
October 21, 2009 |
I'm sitting with the savages in Section 205. The woman behind me keeps knocking me in the head as she tries to plant her foot on my shoulder and clamber onto the back of my seat for a better view. There goes her beer, down my wife's suede coat. "Yoooo-woooo!" the two Springsteen fans to my left shriek, and it would drown out the gorgeous trumpet, bass, and piano rendition of "Meeting Across the River. " Except that back here, 14 rows off the Spectrum floor, I'm barely hearing it anyway.
June 12, 2009 |
'Maestro, what's going on?" someone asks Walter Garber - looking a lot like Denzel Washington as he casts a puzzled gaze at the giant computerized board in New York's Rail Center headquarters, its lights indicating a Lexington Avenue train stopped on the tracks. What's going on? Try a remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, the 1974 hostage drama in which a band of bad guys with funny mustaches take control of a subway car, terrorizing its passengers and giving the city a mere 60 minutes to deliver a ransom.